Bengal leave Punjab on backfoot
22nd October 2016
Bengal took a comfortable 315 runs lead finishing at 182 for 5 in the third day of a Group- A Ranji Trophy match at the Luhnu Cricket Ground in Bilaspur, after dismissing Punjab for 271.
As stumps batting, Skipper Manoj Tiwary (61) and Shreevats Goswami (23). Beginning the day leading Punjab by 236, Bengal bowlers kept on taking wickets at regular interval shooting out Punjab for 271 in 81.3 overs.
Amit Kuila got a five wicket haul in the debut match, while the experienced Ashok Dinda took the other five, becoming the highest wicket taker for Bengal as a pacer and getting his team a crucial first innings lead of 133 runs.
“I am happy with the way I bowled. It was a good day for us overall. We stuck to our game plans, bowled in the right areas and the wickets fell,” said an excited Amit Kuila after the match.
Resuming the second innings, Bengal lost the first wicket, S. Mandal (18) at 47, before A. Eswaran (25) was trapped by S. Kaul at 52. Thereafter, Bengal lost wickets at regular interval finishing the day at 182 for 5.
However, Skipper Manoj Tiwary gave a solid account of himself remaining not out on 61 off 81 balls to see Bengal through the day. Giving him company at the crease, Shreevats Goswami (23)
S. Kaul for Punjab was the pick of the bowlers as he took 3 for 30 in 14 overs.
“They bowled well in the right areas. Tomorrow we need to bat well and get us to a comfortable position. At least we are looking for lead of 350 to 400 runs,” said Skipper Manoj Tiwary.
When asked if only a draw is the plan he said, “A full day of play is left tomorrow. If we manage to get a big lead and then bowl well, anything is possible,” he concluded.
CAB MEDIA DESK